What he reaped is a list of critical accolades – form the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post and the Associated Press – that recognizes his artistic growth and commitment to making music that matters. His “Let It Rain” sits at #4 with a bullet on the country singles chart and has been named one of Amazon.com’s Top 10 Country Songs of 2011 and The Sound of Million Dreams made it’s way onto AOL’s Top 11 Country Albums of 2011, but MTV’s Hive has called Nail’s sophomore release “Overlooked Albums of 2011” in their annual Best of 2011.
“I don’t know why they wouldn’t like it,” says the Kennett, Missourian, “because I think it’s honest music – and whether you’re into Jay Z or Nine Inch Nails, the intensity of the truth comes through. MTV picked my record and Darrell Scott’s record, who was out on tour as part of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy, so I guess they were looking for something that felt real.”
Reviews: “Listen, and let your dreams run wild,” encouraged USA Today, while The Los Angeles Times offered, “songs that chip away at regret, missteps and other human failings, grist for the richest life lessons… Nail seems eager to take on real life” and Entertainment Weekly opined, “a voice that’s even easier listening than Keith Urban’s…” Also, Billboard weighed in with “Stunning. A masterful storyteller, Nail is at his best when he slows down and releases that Mississippi River-drenched voice” and The Washington Post raved, “Nail’s robust tenor might be the most limber and soulful this side of Ronnie Dunn.”